Crossroads Family Center is now a subsidiary of St. Mary’s Center for Women & Children, a multi-service human services organization located in Dorchester which offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Crossroads remains an affiliate of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish, and is governed by a non-profit management company and an Advisory Board.


Crossroads was established in 1985, by the Most Holy Redeemer parish and father Bernard McLaughlin. The doors first opened for a family displaced by a devastating fire and quickly expanded capacity and services in response to the growing phenomenon of family homelessness in East Boston.

Mission, Services & Outcomes

Crossroads’ mission is to “support families as they transition from homelessness to independent living and self-sufficiency”. Today Crossroads provides shelter, case management, housing search, stabilization services, and food pantry assistance to homeless, formerly-homeless and low-income families.

There is a well-documented affordable housing crisis (not only locally, but nationally) causing very low-income families to experience homelessness; at the same time, personal, social, and economic factors serve as obstacles for families in their struggle to move out of poverty. Crossroads is directed toward three objectives: personal goal attainment; socioeconomic mobility; and rapid re-housing for families served. Socioeconomic mobility is characterized by increased income, improved educational and occupational status, and increased social networks.